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Esther Lapointe

Esther Lapointe valued objects of practical use in her sculpture. She affectionately observed her sister Myreille, a seamstress, using needles and buttons in her trade. This became a source of inspiration for Esther in several of her works.

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Born in Montreal on August 26, 1947, Esther Lapointe came with her family to settle in Saint-Lambert in 1952. Her studies with Sister Louis-Alphonse in Saint-Lambert and at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal were so successful that she won a scholarship to work with marble in Italy.

She then settled in Pietrasanta, where she worked with marble from Italy, Belgium and Portugal, but also with wood and aluminum. Ms. Lapointe exhibited work in both Europe and Quebec, where her work stands alongside that of the great sculptors of the day, including Henry Moore, Antoine Poncet and Isamu Nogushi.

In 1977, Esther returned to Saint-Lambert and exhibited 49 marble, bronze and steel sculptures at Maison Desaulniers (which became a cultural centre in 1975).

On October 18, 1980, Esther lost her life suddenly at the young age of 33, when a drunk driver hit her car. In 1990, the Conseil de la Sculpture du Québec paid her posthumous tribute by naming her an honorary member along with Jordi Bonet and Jean Gauguet-Larouche.

Factsheet of the work

  • 48" in diameter
  • Base: 18" x 32"
  • Concrete on a rock base